The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday recorded the statement of Faisal Patel, son of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, in connection with the Sterling Biotech case.
Faisal has been asked by the ED to appear before them on Thursday, says a report by India Today TV. The ED will be grilling him for the third time under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). During the questioning by ED, Faisal Patel is understood to have been confronted with the statement of Sunil Yadav, an employee of the Sandesara group, who earlier recorded his statement before the agency, the sources said. It is learnt that a key witness had disclosed about the connection between Chetan Sandesara, Faisal, Ahmed and his son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui.
Last month, the ED had grilled Ahmed's son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui in connection with multi-crore bank fraud and money-laundering probe against Gujarat-based pharmaceutical firm Sterling Biotech. Siddiqui's statement was recorded under the PMLA after he was grilled about his purported links with the Sandesara brothers - the owners and promoters of the Vadodarabased company, at an ED office in New Delhi. The ED is also probing allegations that Irfan "occupied" a residential property in Delhi's Vasant Vihar that was purchased by the Sandesaras. His links with businessman Gagan are also under the scanner of the ED. Irfan, an advocate by profession, is married to Ahmed's daughter Mumtaz Patel.
Ahmed Patel is a Rajya Sabha member of the Congress from Gujarat, and holds the post of treasurer in the grand old party. Earlier, he was the political secretary to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.